SLO father and son arrested for fatal stabbing
February 5, 2016
A father-son duo from San Luis Obispo were arrested this week for the December 2014 murder of a 14-year-old boy in Northern California. The teen was stabbed in Eureka and left bleeding for more than eight hours before he died in a hospital. [KCRTV]
The father, 37-year-old Joe Olivio Jr., is currently a resident of supermax security Pelican Bay State Prison. Olivio Jr. is a validated Mexican mafia gang member who is also affiliated with the Sureno gang.
Investigators believe an internal dispute in the Sureno gang factored into the murder.
Joe Olivio III, 18, is a Sureno gang member. San Luis Obispo County probation and gang task officers arrested him this week.
Olivio Jr. has had contacts in Eureka since 2008. His son has had contacts in the Humboldt County city since 2012.
Two other alleged Surreno gang members are also charged in the murder case. One of the suspects, 30-year-old Mario Nunez, is also currently housed in Pelican Bay.
Both Olivio Jr. and Nunez were arrested at the supermax prison.
On the morning of Dec. 17, 2014, a citizen found Jesus Romero-Garcia lying in the rain on the front lawn of a home in Eureka. At the time, the citizen did not notice Romero-Garcia had suffered any injuries.
Police arrived and found that Romero-Garcia had been stabbed. He died in the hospital emergency room about an hour later.
Romero-Garcia suffered three wounds in his upper front thorax area, as well as several defensive knife wounds to his forearm.
Investigators believe Romero-Garcia was stabbed at one location, then transported to somewhere near the spot where he was found hours later.
Two days following the murder, police received an anonymous letter detailing the killing and who was involved. After an investigation that lasted more than a year, officers arrested the suspects who were identified in the letter.
Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, took part in the investigation.